The Mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum is to advance and ignite creative thinking skills for all children.

To learn more about how we are unique and how we use stories and iconic landmarks and features, download our interpretive framework. (PDF)

About Us

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children's museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park, and its exhibits are admired and emulated by other children’s museums nationwide. The Museum is recognized as the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. With this emphasis on creativity through play, the Museum encourages children ages 6 months to 8 years to develop into curious, creative, adventurous lifelong learners and explorers.

The Museum's unique programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions, performances, special events, cultural festivals and ongoing educational curricula... all with a focus on fun!


The Museum is consistently recognized as the Bay Area's best! Here is a selected list of accolates.

Historical Preservation

  • California Preservation Foundation, Preservation Design Award, 2005
  • San Francisco Architectural Foundation, Architecture and Youth Award, 2000
  • National Historic Preservation Award from the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 1992

Media Recognition

  • Red Tricycle, Totally Awesome Museum, 2011
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian, Best Nearby Discovery 2009
  • North Bay Bohemian, Best Family Destination & Best Imagination Center, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
    Best Birthday Party 2010, 2011
  • Pacific Sun, Best Place for a Kid's Party, Hall of Fame, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007,
  • Lilapick Best Kids Outing 2008
  • Bay Area Parent magazine, Best Children’s Museum, Silver Medal
  • Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Best Enviro-Friendly Place, 2008
  • Grand Magazine, Top 20 Children's Museum, 2007
  • J. the Jewish newsweekly, Favorite Museum, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • North Bay Bohemian, Best Summer Day Camp, 2005
  • Bay Area Parent, Family Favorite, 2004
  • Pacific Sun, Best Children’s Attraction, 2003
  • North Bay Bohemian, Best Children’s Attraction, 2003
  • Pacific Sun, Hero of the Week, Museum’s Community Learning Initiative (CLI), 2002
  • SF Gate, 10 Great Bay Area Places to Keep the Kids Amused, 2002
  • Parents Magazine, Must-See Museum, 2000
  • FamilyWonder.com, Highest Review Rating for Museum, 2000
  • San Francisco Chronicle, Best Family Outing, 1999
  • San Francisco / Peninsula Parent Magazine, Best Place For Kids, 1998
  • Pacific Sun, Best Place to Bring Kids, 1997
  • Valley Parent Magazine, Best Family Outing, 1996


  • MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), Promising Practice Award, 2002

Graphic Design

  • American Graphic Design Awards, excellence in communication and graphic design, 2006
  • AIGA Design Competition, wayfinding award, 2005

Parenting Clubs

  • Ross Valley Mother's Club, Best Day Outing (Hands Down Winner), 2006
  • Lamorinda Moms Club, Best Indoor Activity, 2005
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